The east facing portion of our house is well shaded and adjacent to a wooded lot with giant pine trees that obscure the morning sun. But once it reaches midday and the morning light begins to arch over to the west, there is nothing on that side of the house to even minimally obscure the intense day rays. I went through the hassle of planting hedges and trees, however afterward realized it could take many decades to get any remotely large amount of foliage to have a measurable impact on the westward sunlight. I was chatting with one of the employees in our local hardware store and she commanded that I buy heat control window film. It’s relatively extravagant and easy enough for virtually anyone to do themselves with just a few basic tools. The film is cut to fit any size window with some measuring tape, a utility knife, and a pair of scissors. It blocks some of the ultraviolet rays and excess heat entering the windows you apply it to. I was even able to paste it on our double-pane low-e windows I had installed last year. It wasn’t a miracle fix, although I was able to cut our energy bill back a bit and noticed the a/c cycling less in the days on sizzling days when the morning light would normally be radiating the west side of our house like a rotisserie chicken. Although I may go the extra step and buy morning light shielding window blinds soon, this is a good start. And since I still planted trees and hedges, I can watch as they slowly grow in height on that side of the house, perhaps one morning reaching the top edge of our house where the roof begins.
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020